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The Skinny: Speed limit proposed for Golden Gate Bridge bicycles

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whizzing bikes, gazing tourists And lots of fog

Plans to put the brakes on bicyclists riding across the Golden Gate Bridge has cycling enthusiasts crying foul in San Francisco. Hundreds of commuters, residents and tourists ride the stately span each day, and occasionally there is a smashup. Bridge officials have proposed a $100 fine if riders don't slow to 5 mph around the bridge's iron towers, or 10 mph along the bulk of the 1.2-mile span. There is now no speed limit, and authorities say some riders have been clocked going more than 20 mph.

fright at any speed

Traffic video goes up against 'Saw'

To scare sense into millions of new drivers in a country with some of the deadliest roads in the world, Chinese authorities are releasing video of road accidents so grisly that it makes the crash re-enactments shown in U.S. high schools feel G-rated. A video with the innocuous title "Care about life: Follow the traffic rules" shows 30 minutes of crushed cyclists, pedestrians flung into the air like rag dolls, charred human remains, and victims' families grieving hysterically. Though the footage could scare some into being more careful, the response to one recent video suggests the recordings are becoming macabre entertainment.

Bee-zy day

Swarms of trouble on Wyo. highway

An accident Monday involving a truck loaded with honeybees temporarily forced the closure of Highway 220 southwest of Casper. Trooper Marshall Wyatt of the Highway Patrol says between 150 and 200 hives broke open and spread along 400 feet of road.

seedy delivery

A brick on porch worth $10,000

Police say an elderly Pennsylvania couple were the unintended recipients of a 5-pound brick of marijuana. Police in Upper Darby, just outside Philadelphia, say the couple paid little attention to the package when it was delivered recently. Not recognizing the name, they left it on their porch. When nobody claimed the package, the couple opened it to find what police say was $10,000 in high-grade marijuana. Police determined that the return address in Tollison, Ariz., was fake.

Smashing boredom

Boys cut loose with excavator

Two boys, ages 12 and 9, drove a large excavator at a southwestern Pennsylvania strip mine, smashing a bulldozer in the process, state police say. The 12-year-old will be charged with felony criminal mischief in Greene County Juvenile Court. The other boy is too young to be charged under Pennsylvania law. The boys caused $164,000 in damage — about $150,000 of it to the bulldozer at the mine site in Monongahela Township. Police say the boys explained they were bored.

Compiled from Times wire services

The Skinny: Speed limit proposed for Golden Gate Bridge bicycles 04/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2011 9:51pm]

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